Feeds

Boffins develop OLED screen life extender

New film dramatically reduces oxygen penetration

Boost IT visibility and business value

A Singapore research firm has invented a plastic film that it claims boosts the durability of OLED displays by reducing the penetration of oxygen and water - both which can shorten a screen’s lifespan.

OLED screens are a sandwich of different components, but the top layer is a protective coating that limits the number of oxygen and water molecules than can seep through and react with the display's colour-producing chemicals. This protective layer can degrade over time, causing the screen’s ability to display specific colours to deteriorate.

The A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) claims its protective film is 1000 times more impervious to moisture than existing coatings. IMRE said that the film has a moisture barrier performance that’s higher than one millionth of a gram per square meter per day, whereas existing films protect at around one thousandth of a gram per square meter per day.

OLED_film

IMRE's film: makes for longer living OLED displays?

Senthil Ramadas, principal investigator of the project at IMRE, said that OLED displays treated with the film will have a longer life expectancy as a result. “Manufacturers now have the opportunity to extend the lifetime of plastic electronic devices by leaps and bounds,” he claimed.

The film could also be used to protect solar panels, such as those used to generate power for homes, by preventing oxygen and water molecules from damaging the cells’ ability to produce useable electricity.

The film could be handy for protecting lots of OLED-based gadgets, ranging from Sony’s XEL-1 OLED TV to Nokia’s 6600 Fold.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.